As manufacturers continue to try and squeeze laptops into ever smaller chassis, ports for connecting your devices have more often than not been sacrificed. With the base level Macbook Pro coming with only 2 USB-C ports, dongles and USB hubs have become almost a ubiquity in our computing lives. Sony has sought to cash in on the boom in the adaptor market with the release of among the best equipped USB hubs yet – the MRW-S3.
The specs list is indeed impressive with Sony squarely gearing the device at travelling professionals. A high-speed UHS-II SD/microSD card reader and USB Hub with USB 3.1 Gen 2 and up to 100W USB Power Delivery (USB PD) and HDMI output capability support make the MRW-S3 a highly capable tool for photographers and videographers.
“Professional photographers, videographers and creators no longer need to worry about carrying numerous adapters to utilise their various pieces of kit or fret about using up ports on their latest PCs with USB Type-C ports,” claims Sony.
Not skimping on specs, the MRW-S3 packs a fast USB 3.1 Gen 2 port providing ultra high-speed data transfer of up to 1000MB/s necessary for the new generation of external SSDs. In addition, the MRW-S3 can receive up to 100W USB Power Delivery (USB PD) to power USB devices, laptops, monitors and more.
Surprisingly, the MRW-S3’s HDMI output is only able to output 4K at 30fps – not the 60fps/60hz demanded by the latest 4k monitors. The hub is fashioned in a durable aluminium body and tips the scales at a mere 95g.
Sony has not yet released pricing for the device which is expected to go on sale this Autumn, although is similarly-specced hubs are any indication it won’t come cheap. Belkin’s Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD retails for a little under $350, although it packs a Displayport capable of outputting 4K at 60fps.